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Amanda Gorman’s books top Amazon’s bestseller list after inauguration


Two books penned by award-winning poet Amanda Gorman have surged to the top of Amazon’s bestselling list less than a day after she became the youngest known inaugural poet in history.

As of now, Gorman still holds the two top slots on Amazon’s list of bestselling books, with “The Hill We Climb: Poems” resting in the No. 1 slot and “Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem” in the second.

“Ambitious Girl,” a children’s book written by New York Times bestselling author Meena Harris, who is also Vice President Harris’s niece, holds the third spot, while “A Promised Land,” former President Obama’s first presidential memoir, is number four on the list.

Gorman took to Twitter to share her excitement over the news with her now 1 million followers on Wednesday afternoon.

“I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE #1 & #2 ON AMAZON AFTER 1 DAY! Thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and my words. As Yeats put it: ‘For words alone are certain good: Sing, then’ ” she wrote in a tweet that has since racked up more than 450,000 likes. 

At age 22, Gorman is the youngest known poet in history to have performed at the presidential inauguration.

She delivered the poem “The Hill We Climb” at the ceremony on Wednesday shortly after President Biden and Harris were sworn into office. 

“Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished. We the successors of a country and a time, where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one,” she recited from the poem Wednesday. 

In 2017, Gorman, who was 19 at the time, became the nation’s first National Youth Poet Laureate. She also published her first book in 2015, titled “The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough.”

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